The canal bus in the Danish capital allows visitors to embark on waterfront architectural variations. Imposing cultural temples, such as The Opera and Royal Theater, next to renovated industrial parks, canal baths and newly-built residences, start from Islands Bruge towards Slusehomen. The urban expansion is pushed over idle industrial quarters. Sluseholmen’s was set on similar premises, encouraged by high rates of housing demands.
Artificial islands and dug-out canals reshaped and conditioned the land use. Architecture and urban planning experts from Arkitema and the Dutch office Sjoerd Soeters have cosigned the newly laid plans. The international collaboration was initiated because Java Island and its’ residential settlements, in Amsterdam, have been greatly inspired by the Danish party. Sharing functional concepts directly supports innovation.
In essence, the project aims to achieve affordable housing, while maintaining high quality standards. The sensitive equilibrium between aesthetics and sustainability counterbalance with economic factors or respecting local realities. The solution did not compromise any of these conditions. Low-rise buildings were built, reaching up to six-floors, standing on eight artificial islands. The core structure had a unique module which could be multiplied under various façade shapes. The buildings are aligned side-by-side exposing unique external features that cover the same core.
The strategy involved major players and, in addition, several contributions from local architectural practices. It is the result of a large teamwork. Every proposal followed given matrices that constrained sizes and material choices. In 2006, inhabitants entered their new homes, proud to have made choices which they could identify themselves with. The windows face flowing waters and the interior gardens have underground garage facilities with public green layers above. Each canal line is curved, encouraging people to walk more - for deeper views. Local transport is still improving by adding bridges and bus connections.
The space was activated and the architectural experience extended beyond the visual and the temporal. Durability and functionality might be the best sustainable options. The colorful order, wildlife, and peaceful waterfronts attract curious visitors. The authorities support increasing water sport activities. The old fishing club has not been cast aside by the new settlements. It is part of the new neighborhood’s identity.
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